Have you heard of aloe water? It’s become a popular drink and most markets carry it right next to the coconut waters. It comes in some great fruit-infused flavors like blueberry, pineapple and my favorite, coconut. It’s a wonderful alternative to sugary sodas or store-bought juice drinks. It’s a great way to quench your thirst naturally; think of it as nature’s own version of Gatorade!
Aloe water is a wonderful wholesome detox aid. It provides a rich cocktail of vitamins and minerals to help our bodies eliminate our daily stress, all while naturally balancing our electrolytes. It also promotes healthy digestion by improving the bowels and increasing protein absorption. Be sure to look for aloe water that does not contain any artificial ingredients or sweeteners.
Aloe water is a fabulous addition to any NutriBlast; use it in place of your liquid the next chance you get! Here’s a great summer citrus favorite to help get you acquainted with aloe water.
Citrus Aloe Water Blast
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 orange peeled and sectioned
- ½ lemon peeled and sectioned
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon of honey or agave
- Aloe water to line
- 3 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to your NutriBullet Tall Cup and extract until smooth.
Research has shown adding foods to our daily diets that have naturally occurring vitamins are better than taking any manufactured supplement. That’s how our bodies absorb the nutrients in Aloe water more easily and utilize them more effectively.
Raw'kin Snack of the Week
Nothing says summer like ice cream and watermelon! Well, now we bring you the best of both worlds with this amazing raw, vegan and gluten-free watermelon ice cream from Nutritionist in the Kitch!
Just a few simple ingredients, a quick whirl in your NutriBullet and some time in the freezer and you’ve got creamy, coconutty, fresh and cool watermelon ice cream that’s not only a fun dessert, but a dessert packed with vitamins and good-for-you nutrients.
Thanks to Christal of Nutritionist in the Kitch for the amazing recipe!
We all know mornings are probably the most hectic time of day in a household, especially mine. Trying to get everyone up and out the door on time is like an act of God. It’s just as important, though, to make sure my family eats a good breakfast at the start of their day. And recently, I have been trying to go greener on the morning Blast. It’s a great way to sneak vegetables into their diet without them ever knowing!
Adding raw veggies into a blended drink helps break them down so the vitamins are more easily absorbed by the body and the fiber is easier to digest. Is it possible to eat too many veggies? Probably not. It’s hard to imagine a doctor telling someone, “You are eating WAY TOO MANY vegetables.” Remember the food pyramid suggest having 3 to 5 servings a day. When you add several vegetables to a Blast, you’re close to achieving your daily requirement.
Here’s an enjoyable vegetable you can have any morning for breakfast – it’s my version of a V8. Please feel free to tweak the ingredients to your own taste.
- ½ – 1 beet, scrubbed and cubed
- 1 medium carrot, chopped, or small handful of baby carrots
- ½ cucumber with skin, chopped
- handful of spinach
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- small handful of pumpkin seeds, raw
- 1 tablespoon of honey, optional
- 2 – 3 ice cubes
- water to the line
Add all ingredients to your NutriBullet Tall Cup and extract.
Need more reasons for adding veggies? Studies have shown eating a diet rich in vegetables improves overall health. It’s been shown that consuming veggies reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and bone loss. Wait, there’s more! Vegetables are low in calories and fat, but high in water and fiber. This makes them a great addition for those looking to lose weight.
Raw'kin Snack of the Week
Okay, so this is less of a snack and more of a dessert. Although, if you use the mini-cupcake tins as suggested, they’re perfectly snack-sized and, therefore, totally qualify as a snack.
Raw and vegan, these amazing tarts by Abby at The Frosted Vegan are definitely worth trying. A quick spin in the NutriBullet and you’ll have the crust and filling all ready to go – and you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry!
Let us know how they turn out!
When I was a child, I spent a lot of time with my Italian grandmother. She loved to cultivate and grow her own vegetables. In the spring, you could always find her in the yard gardening and weeding. Most of the weeds were thrown away, except for the dandelion greens. She told me these were an Italian delicacy called cicoria. She would take them in the house clean them up and use them in salads or sauté them for dinner. I thought it was so cool; I was the only kid on my block that ate weeds. Now that I’m an adult, I love weedy greens, especially dandelions. However, I don’t pick them out of my backyard anymore (I have too many dogs), but I do buy them at the farmer’s market.
Dandelion greens are one of the most popular choices to add to a NutriBlast. Not only are they rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin A, they are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, too. One cup has only 25 calories. Not to mention they are a wonderful addition to any weedy-style salad, as well. The flavor is slightly bitter, so I usually add them with my favorite fruits to my Blast.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
- ½ – 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
- ½ orange or 1 small clementine
- 1 cup chopped dandelion greens
- 2 – 3 ice cubes
- water to line
Add all ingredients to the NutriBullet Tall Cup, extract and enjoy.
If you don’t have dandelion greens, you can substitute any other leafy green. I like to use baby kale if dandelion greens are not in season. You will never look at weeds the same!